Enter EYFS

The verdict on the revised EYFS.

The wait is finally over; the revised, slimmed-down EYFS has landed, and the verdict – by and large – is positive. Both NDNA and the Pre-school Learning Alliance expressed satisfaction with the document as a whole, which has also been endorsed by Dame Clare Tickell, who carried out the Government’s initial review. Areas of concern remain, PSLA chief executive, Neil Leitch, for example, highlighting parental worries about new progress checks for 2–3-year-olds, and noting further ambiguities introduced as a result of the framework’s downsizing. His overall view that “the revised EYFS is good news children, parents and practitioners”, however, will please both government and reassure the sector as a whole.

Of course, the overriding focus for early years settings up and down the country now is how best to implement the revised framework in the short time remaining before September 1st, when it is due to come in to force. We’ll be considering the new-look EYFS in greater detail next issue – if you would like to share you opinions, positive or negative, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). In the meantime, turn to page 13 for a first view on preparing for the changes.